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Stop Blaming My Sexual Assault On My Disability

To some people, I am their example of an outspoken survivor. I have been called courageous, brave, everything in between. I have spoken at the United Nations and was a delegate at the World Health Organization’s 8th milestones meeting on…
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Activist Spotlight: Denarii Grace – Singer-Songwriter, Poet, Aspiring Screenwriter

Denarii Grace believes that an artist should reflect the times, and that’s what she does as a blues singer-songwriter, poet, aspiring screenwriter, and freelance writer. “We have a responsibility to be truth tellers, speak to our people(s), and create visions…
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Activist Spotlight: Cyree Jarelle Johnson – Writer, Speaker, Artist

When I first asked Cyree Jarelle Johnson what their activism is focused on, they said, “I don’t know what it means to be an activist. I’m a writer and a speaker. I think of myself as an artist.” Then they
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Caring for My Mental Health Through the Beautifully Complex Intersections of My Existence

“If you get an emotional support dog, you’ll just be taking away from people who really need help,” said my dad to me over the phone because he couldn’t understand why his child was so successful but complaining about be…
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Learning to Love my Crip, Queer, Female Body is a Radical Act

I am a vocal intersectional feminist who shares with others how important it is to love their bodies, even in the face of society’s harmful messages. I can explain the roles of sexism, classism, and racism in eating disorders and…

Lawsuit: ADA’s “gender dysphoria” exclusion is discriminatory

Two transgender individuals sued the Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records on May 13, contending that its refusal to provide them birth certificates without undergoing sex reassignment surgery (SRS) infringes upon their rights under federal equal protection and disability discrimination laws.…
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Dating with a disability: advice for people with disabilities entering the world of romance

Almost everyone knows the feeling of uncertainty, fear, and excitement triggered by the chance to spend time or go on a date with someone you are interested in. The heart-pounding when you see your crush walk by, pre-date jitters when…
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People with disabilities have a glass ceiling, too.

Rooted in Rights welcomes articles by guest authors to enhance understanding about the rights of people with disabilities. This piece about barriers to employment for people with disabilities is contributed by Shawn Murinko, former Washington State Human Rights Commissioner, located…
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NYC hosting its first Disability Pride Parade

Following in the traditions of the LGBTQ community, New York City will host its first Disability Pride Parade this summer. In the past, public demonstrations by people who feel marginalized or oppressed, including the community of people with disabilities, have…